The next step has been taken in development of the Lamont Sports Park in south Port Elgin.
Saugeen Shores council has awarded the public consultation and conceptual design contract to Sports Turf International at a cost of $39,000.
In report to council, it was noted that staff selected Sports Turf International because of their extensive experience in designing sports fields.
Director of Community Services, Jayne Jagelewski says staff will be working with the firm to set up meetings with key stakeholders this July and "will ensure varying opportunities for input towards the conceptual layout."
Nevertheless it's going to be a while before the park complex is ready for use.
No specific dates were given but it could be another year-and-a-half to two years before the park is ready.
The 160 acres of land was purchased by council for a-million-and-a-half-dollars in 2018.
It's expected to cost an estimated 1.65 million to construct the complex with money being raised through fundraising and debt financing.
The Lamont Sports Park would have up to 8 baseball diamonds, along with soccer pitches, hiking areas and parkland, when completed.